Date of Walk: August 6, 2001
Length: 1 mile to wander most areas
Time to Walk: 45 minutes if you don't shop
Type of Walk: Shopping/Dining Market
Location: Downtown Seattle, Washington
Parking Parking is an experience in downtown Seattle. It can be hard to find and can only be reached after negotiation a myriad of one way streets. We parked at the hotel we stayed at but our suggestion is that you surrender to the parking gods of Seattle. If you see a public parking lot near where you want to be, give up and take it. It will be expensive and it will be inconvenient but anything beats navigating the maze of downtown Seattle for one minute longer than you have to.
Let's Go! We started at the north end of the Market. There is a small park there with a totem pole and a good view of the harbour. Also, there may be homeless people sleeping on the grass. Remember, Pike Market is located off 1st which is one of Seattle's seamier districts. Don't worry though, the city fathers have been working to rehabilitate the area and it is safe for tourists, if a little colourful. Seattle has placed different pig statues all over downtown. Bill took a seat to admire one.
After we did the upper part, we went into the lower level where there were more formal shops as opposed to stalls. It doesn't have the bustle of the upper level but it is still loaded with unusual stores. The fact it is less crowded gave David the opportunity to take a rest by another pig statue.
We arose from the lower levels and took a stroll up Pike Street to First Avenue to get a view of the world famous Pike Market sign.
We headed south into the Economy Market. There are a few interesting stores and restaurants but it definitely didn't have the charm of the rest of the market. However, we were irresistably drawn to the Pike Pub and Brewery for some reason. As long as we were there, we enjoyed some of their wide selection of microbrewery beer.
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